Alaska Robotics

Death and Taxes

Wednesday, June 10th 2015 by Pat

“Things as certain as Death and Taxes, can be more firmly believ’d.”
     —Daniel Defoe The Political History of the Devil 1726.

I attended a dialog hosted by Governor Walker over the weekend, Building a Sustainable Future: Conversations with Alaskans.

This is me collecting my thoughts, sharing my impressions and attempting to expand the discussion. It may get a bit lengthy, feel free to skim or skip.

Day 1 – Friday, June 5th

The gathering was convened by Alaska Governor, Bill Walker and hosted on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus which has historical significance as the location of our state’s constitutional convention.

There were about 200 people in attendance, ranging from Governor Walker’s transition team and staff to more tangentially affiliated folks like myself. How I rated an invite isn’t exactly clear but it was likely my keen understanding of Alaska’s fiscal situation.

I flew to Fairbanks on my own thin dime and was housed in Lathrop Hall on the university campus. We didn’t have hot water the first day and my roommate moved out almost immediately after meeting me. It really brought back some memories.
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Rasmuson Distinguished Artist – Garry Kaulitz

Monday, June 1st 2015 by Pat

The Rasmuson Foundation provides direct support for individual artists and each year they select one Alaskan to receive their Distinguished Artist Award.

This year, the award went to print maker, Garry Kaulitz. Lou and I spent some time with him at his studio in Anchorage and put together the following mini-doc.

This is our fourth year putting together the Distinguished Artist profile and it’s been a great experience meeting and chatting with such incredible Alaskans.

Space Weird Thing

Tuesday, May 26th 2015 by Pat

Ground Control to Top Space Man!

We made a music video with Molly Lewis, Marian Call and Seth Boyer!

It’s a little bit of a trip… we re-wrote David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” in XKCD “Up-Goer Five” style using only the 1000 most common words in the English language. The film was sweded in an afternoon (like in “Be Kind Rewind”) and many of you will recognize moments in the video from the Flight of the Conchords excellent “Bowie’s in Space“… which I now need to go watch again.

Bonus Easter Egg: Audio clip of Sally Ride (who has a birthday today) commenting on how her space trip was like a Disneyland E-Ticket.

We went wayyyyy down the rabbit hole on this one!

Gallery Newsletter – May 2015

Friday, May 1st 2015 by Pat

We have a ton of fun sales and events coming up in the next few days at the gallery, check out our newsletter to get all the details!

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2015 Alaska Press Club Awards

Friday, May 1st 2015 by Pat

Our totally legitimate news program received two Alaska Press Club Awards for our coverage of the 2014 legislative session and elections!!!

Thank you to Lou, Aaron, Jamie, Andy, Richard, Phoebe, Jack, Jen, Will, Tara and all of our dodgy, uncredited supporters who kept the wheels greased and ideas flowing.

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Additionally, I scooped up a first place in Arts Reporting for my coverage of the Latitude Arts Convergence. That was a fun event where I just ran around for a few days with my camera and then stayed up all night trying to hack together a video.

Alaska’s Budget Woes

Tuesday, April 14th 2015 by Pat

For those of you who missed Governor Bill Walker’s State of the Budget address, we’ve summed it up for you here.

G2G2

Tuesday, April 14th 2015 by Pat

State funding for public media has been slashed but Alaska Robotics News is ready to step in and pick up where they left off. We present Gavel to Gavel Two. G2G2.

Rep. Kawasaki

Tuesday, April 14th 2015 by Pat

Thanks to Rep. Scott Kawasaki for giving us a great interview!

Alaska Robotics Gallery, Call for Exhibits

Tuesday, March 31st 2015 by Pat

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The Alaska Robotics Gallery is accepting proposals for exhibits to be displayed between September 2015 and May 2016. Our exhibition space and storefront is located in downtown Juneau and we highlight whimsical work by illustrators and visual artists from Alaska and abroad.

Our storefront features graphic novels, art prints, cards, shirts and tacos.

To submit a proposal, please complete this form or email numbered responses to: crew@alaskarobotics.com. Please also include 5-7 samples of your work and a brief artist resume.

Submissions are due by 4/30/2015 and applicants will be notified of our decision by 5/31/2015.

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Emerald City Comic Con

Wednesday, March 25th 2015 by Pat

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Aaron and I will be in Seattle for Emerald City Comicon this week, it’s always a great show and we’re definitely looking forward to it.

You can find us in booth #106 next to our friends Marian Call, Molly Lewis and Lone Shark Games.

This year is especially exciting for me because I get to moderate a panel with some awesome guests…

The Role of the Artist on the Electronic Frontier
Room: Hall F (TCC 304)
Date: Saturday, March 28th
Time: 12:30PM – 1:20PM

Rule munchkins, hackers and story miners unite! Explore themes like government surveillance, intellectual property rights, net neutrality and the role of the artist in the digital world. Join Nadia Kayyali of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and attorney Katie Lane, Pat Race of Alaska Robotics and Gene Ambaum from Unshelved for this great discussion!